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Old 04-30-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
seanharv
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Dell Inspiron 9300 wireless not working


I just installed Fedora 6 on laptop and the "wired" NIC eth0 is working but I get an error when it tries to initialize eth1: ipw2200 device does not seem to be present

I am quite pleased with the easy install and Fedora but I need my wireless.

any tips on troubleshooting this?

Thanks in advance to all helpers

Sean
 
Old 04-30-2007, 11:55 PM   #2
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could you give me some more information? specifics on what wireless card it is ( i don't own a dell inspiron 9300 and ipw2200 can cover more than one device)
and specifically the output of
Code:
su
password
lspci -v
thanks! :-D
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:20 AM   #3
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03:03.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (rev 05)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2721
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 201
Memory at dfcfd000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=4K]
Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
 
Old 05-01-2007, 11:51 AM   #4
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well, thats definitely the right driver.
1) can you give the specific kernel error message? Try
Code:
su password
dmesg | grep eth1
and
Code:
dmesg | grep ipw2200
that might help the troubleshoot.
that being said, on my laptop, the kernel will try to bring up the interface, even though it can't, because logically speaking, I have to select a wireless network myself, right? I believe it happens this way (correct me if I'm wrong) because more or less the kernel sees it as an ethernet device, as opposed to the wireless device that it is. Lets try to bring it up from user-space.
1) Make sure that any switch or button is pushed that enables the wi-fi card.
2) Check to see if the kernel recognizes the card
Code:
su password
iwconfig
if your card is set up correctly, then there should be a list of interfaces similar to (but not exactly like) this.
Code:
eth0 no wireless extensions
eth1 whole littany of junk about wireless, which is good
sit0 no wireless extensions
lo no wireless extensions
If something similar to that comes up, with an entry that HAS wireless extensions, then we're doing good.
3) Bring up the interface
Code:
ifconfig eth1 up
4) Connect it to your network
Code:
iwconfig eth1 essid networkname
5) give it an encryption key, if necessary
Code:
iwconfig eth1 key wepkey
in fact, if you can for the purposes of this testing, disable the encryption on the wireless device. that would make life easier
6) get an ip address
Code:
dhclient eth1
7) ping something to see if its working
Code:
ping www.google.com
now, if any of this doesn't work, let me know. (*fingers crossed*)
like i said before, sometimes the kernel is just trying to bring up the interface before connecting to a network.
--drew

Last edited by drewbug01; 05-01-2007 at 11:52 AM.
 
Old 05-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #5
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dmesg | grep eth1
nothing



dmesg | grep ipw2200
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.1.2kmprq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2
ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -2
ipw2200: failed to register network device
ipw2200: probe of 0000:03:03.0 failed with error -5

[root@localhost network-scripts]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

sit0 no wireless extensions.

[root@localhost network-scripts]# ifconfig eth1 up
eth1: unknown interface: No such device
 
Old 05-01-2007, 07:26 PM   #6
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Smile

fixed! That was easy

http://vijayk.blogspot.com/2006/11/h...wifi-fc-6.html

After installing the firmware and rebooting both interfaces came up with IP addresses. I unplugged the wire and am connected.

Thanks all


1. Download ipw2200-fw-3.0.tgz from
http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php

2. Unarchive ipw2200-fw to /lib/firmware

3. reboot
 
Old 05-01-2007, 07:52 PM   #7
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cool! glad you got it working!
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